Developing Test Questions

Major Concept:

Before you develop any test questions you should ask yourself:

  • What should be measured? And,
  • How should it be measured?


Major Concept:

According to Kirkpatrick, here are four levels of measurement

  • Participant reaction
  • Participant learning
  • On the job change in performance
  • Organizational impact


Major Concept:

Major test question types include:

  • Essay
  • Fill-in-the-blank
  • Completion
  • Multiple Choice
  • True-false
  • Matching
  • Project
  • Sequencing
  • Identifying
  • Performance
Major Concept:

Test questions should "mirror" performance objectives.

Important Links

Improving Your Test Questions

Kirkpatrick - PowerPoint Presentation

Designing Test Questions 

Online Testing Resources